The New Mexico teen who allegedly dumped her newborn baby in a hospital trash can was on a weight loss drug unsuitable for pregnant people, a toxicology screen of her deceased child has reportedly revealed.
The infant son of Alexee Trevizo, 19, had traces of phentermine – an appetite suppressant commonly prescribed for weight loss in overweight or obese patients – in his system, according to a toxicology report obtained by Inside Edition Digital.
Phentermine – also known as Lomaira or Adipex-P – isn’t for people who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding,” per the Mayo Clinic.
It is unclear when Trevizo started taking the drug, how long she had been on it, or why it was prescribed.
The toxicology screen also showed traces of morphine, which Trevizo had been receiving intravenously for about an hour before giving birth to her son in the bathroom of Artesia General Hospital on January 27.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Trevizo’s lawyer, Gary Mitchell, claimed that the morphine was responsible for the infant’s death.
The baby – who is referred to in the report as “Baby John Doe” – additionally tested positive for COVID-19, influenza A and B, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, the outlet said.
Trevizo – who has repeatedly denied knowing that she was pregnant – was arrested in May and charged with first-degree murder, or alternatively abusing a child resulting in death, and tampering with evidence, in relation to the child’s death.
Prosecutors believe she may have strangled her son to death just seconds after he was born.
Her trial is set for Oct. 2.
Moments after medical staff found the infant’s body in the trash can of the bloody hospital bathroom, the former cheerleader alleged that the baby was stillborn.
“He had hair and, um, he was like purple-ish. He wasn’t bruised or nothing like that. He was purple, pink-like skin color,” a hospital cleaner can be seen telling police of the small corpse in the footage.
“I noticed the umbilical cord looked like an animal had torn it apart,” one nurse, Lori, added.
Trevizo previously denied ever having sex, despite positive pregnancy results, a doctor told police in the footage.
“She put the baby in the trash can and then another clean liner over the top of it,” the physician alleges.
“The baby is dead…She killed the kid.
“She had it in the bathroom is what happened and then whatever she did, I don’t know — she’s going to lie.”
Despite her repeated denials, some high school friends say Trevizo knew she was pregnant – though she hid it from those around her.
“She knew she was pregnant and hid it from almost everyone. She told me she had just gained weight because she was ‘on the pill,’” one friend told the Daily Mail.
In the early hours of January 27, the teen finally admitted to severe back pain and was admitted to the hospital.
She aroused suspicion when, around 1:39 a.m., she locked herself in the bathroom for an extended period.
“I’m sorry. It came out of me and I didn’t know what to do. I was scared,” Trevizo was later heard telling a nurse in a bodycam video.
Trevizo’s boyfriend, Devyn Fierro, admitted a few hours later that he was the baby’s father, though he also denied knowing that she was pregnant.
Twelve weeks later, the couple was photographed beaming side-by-side at prom.
After her arrest, Trevizo was allowed to complete her senior year of high school without an ankle monitor.
She was not, however, permitted to attend the graduation ceremony with her peers.